House Bill Bans Fake Marijuana, Cocaine
K2 Product Rolled Into Joints, Inhaled From Pipes
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The House has approved a bill to make it illegal to produce or distribute in Tennessee any substance that mimics the effects of marijuana or cocaine.
The proposal sponsored by Democratic Rep. Ulysses Jones of Memphis passed on a 96-0 vote on Thursday. The Senate, which voted for its version on a 32-0 vote last month, would have to agree to minor changes made in the House before the bill could head for the governor's signature.
A product known as K2 that is commonly sold as incense is a synthetic compound chemically similar to the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Users roll it up in joints or inhale it from pipes.
Though banned in most of Europe, K2's key ingredients are not regulated on the federal level in the United States.
POSTED: 11:52 am CDT May 13, 2010